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The Global Gag Rule is a previous U.S. policy that harmed women’s health and ran counter to our broader U.S. foreign policy goals. The Gag Rule was first imposed by the Reagan administration at the 1984 United Nations International Conference on Population in Mexico City. It was rescinded in 1993 by President Clinton, reinstated in 2001 by President George W. Bush, and once again rescinded by President Obama in 2009.

The Gag rule denied foreign organizations receiving U.S. family planning assistance the right to use their own non-U.S. funds to provide information, referrals or services for legal abortion or advocate for the legalization abortion in their country.  Family planning providers that declined U.S. funding while the Gag Rule was in place were forced to close clinics and cut services, and some of these organiza¬tions have yet to resume services with U.S. government assistance, due to fears that their funding will once again be cut off under a future administration.

The Gag Rule hurts women by allowing critical programs to be held hostage to the ping-pong game of U.S. partisan politics. A majority of Americans from across the ideological spectrum support the current Administration’s policy that does not impose such ideological restrictions on women’s health centers. PAI advocates for a permanent legislative repeal of the Gag Rule.

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Omnibus Spares International Family Planning from Cuts and Riders

December 19, 2011

President Obama is expected to sign by the end of this week a $915 billion “megabus” spending package for fiscal year 2012 (H.R. 2055), encompassing nine appropriations bills, including State Department and foreign operations which funds international family planning and … Continue reading »

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Senate Victory Sets Up Showdown with House over Family Planning

September 21, 2011

The Senate Appropriations Committee today launched a counter-offensive against the House Republicans’ global war on women.  Family planning champions, led by Subcommittee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT),  adopted a Lautenberg amendment to legislatively block a re-imposition of the anti-family planning Global Gag … Continue reading »

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GOP Escalates Global War on Women

July 27, 2011

A Republican-led subcommittee opened a new front in the global war on women by adopting a spending bill that cuts funding for contraceptive services overseas by 25 percent, legislatively codifies the harmful Global Gag Rule restrictions, and prohibits a U.S. contribution to … Continue reading »

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Final Spending Bill Cuts Funding for Women’s Health in Developing Countries

April 12, 2011

The spending bill (H.R. 1473) that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 was introduced in Congress today. The bill contains disappointing cuts to international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs, but does not impose … Continue reading »

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The Global Gag Rule: Life Sentence for the World’s Poorest Women

April 5, 2011

Originally posted on RH Reality Check A young woman tentatively walks through the door of a health clinic in rural Ethiopia. She’s terrified. She can barely say the word: pregnant. She doesn’t want a baby. She doesn’t know what to … Continue reading »

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President’s Budget Calls for Increased Investments in International Family Planning

February 14, 2011

President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget request for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) takes another significant step toward addressing the contraceptive needs of millions of women and men in developing nations. The Obama administration is proposing $769.1 million … Continue reading »

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PAI Condemns Cuts to Contraception

February 11, 2011

For Immediate Release Statement from Population Action International on the Proposed House Republican FY2011 Continuing Resolution by Craig Lasher, Director of US Government Relations “The cuts to international family planning are extreme and out of touch with the views of … Continue reading »

Advocacy Guide

Eight Facts About the Global Gag Rule

February 11, 2011

Ever since the Global Gag Rule (also known as the Mexico City Policy) was first introduced in 1984, conservative U.S. politicians have used abortion politics in the U.S. to block access to contraceptives for women in developing countries. Over and … Continue reading »

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Why is the Kenyan constitution so important to right-wing America?

August 4, 2010

A few weeks ago, I opened my inbox to find threats of damnation and dire consequences. It was one of those emails, making the rounds in Kenya these days, filled with warnings about abortion, moral decay and a Muslim takeover … Continue reading »

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Senate Committee Adopts Permanent Global Gag Rule Repeal

July 29, 2010

Senate Committee Adopts Permanent Global Gag Rule Repeal This afternoon, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) successfully offered an amendment to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule during the Senate Appropriations Committee’s consideration of the bill that funds the State Department and … Continue reading »